How do I Sell Used Textbooks?

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  • Written By: Lori Smith
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  • Last Modified Date: 06 October 2019
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You can usually sell used textbooks back to the college where you originally purchased them. Schools typically do not pay very much, however. This is because they have to mark up the price of the books to resell them to make a profit. Furthermore, the bookstore has certain overhead expenses to consider, such as staffing and electricity. The best way to sell used textbooks usually is either directly to other students or on the Internet.

Ideally, you should try to sell used textbooks just before a new school semester begins. More people will be looking to purchase them at that time. For this reason, you will probably be able to charge a little more for your books, too.

If you visit about any search engine and query used textbooks, numerous results will appear. Most of these websites allow users to sell used textbooks in exchange for a fee or nominal commission. Before posting your listing on the Internet, you should compare the different online booksellers to see which ones charge the least amount of money for the maximum exposure. Keep in mind that the more students who peruse a particular website to purchase college textbooks, the better the chance that you will be able to sell yours. In other words, it is generally best to focus on the most popular sites as opposed to obscure ones.


It also is important to investigate how much money others are charging for the same book. This is important because you do not want to price your textbooks too high, or you may have trouble getting people to buy them from you. If you list them too cheaply, you may lose out on an opportunity to have earned a lot more on the sale of your book.

If you are going to sell used textbooks online, be sure that you accurately list the condition and detail any flaws or noticeable markings on your books. For example, bent pages or highlighting should be detailed so your buyer is aware in advance. Additionally, you should also make a concerted effort to ship it out within a day or two after it is sold.

Many websites allow shoppers to rate sellers. You want to make sure that the person who buys your book is not disappointed with the purchase. Many shoppers read the reviews posted by others. If you get a bad evaluation, you may have a hard time selling textbooks in the future.



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